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Winner in Horror Fiction (2011 International Book Awards) Award-winning Finalist in Young Adult Fiction (2011 International Book Awards) Author Kailin Gow Won 7 Global Book Awards in 6 categories in the 2nd Annual International Book Awards, Winning the Most Awards in Fiction, including Romance Fiction, Women's Literature, and Multi-Genre. Briony had to move to Wicked, Mas Winner in Horror Fiction (2011 International Book Awards)Award-winning Finalist in Young Adult Fiction (2011 International Book Awards)Author Kailin Gow Won 7 Global Book Awards in 6 categories in the 2nd Annual International Book Awards, Winning the Most Awards in Fiction, including Romance Fiction, Women's Literature, and Multi-Genre. Briony had to move to Wicked, Massachusetts to live with her Great Aunt Sophie after her family disappears on vacation. The woods at the edge of Aunt Sophie's inn are filled with secrets and inhabitants both seductive and deadly. Among them is a beautiful boy name Fallon who saves her one night in the woods. As Briony gets closer to Fallon, she learns he has a secret, as do most of the residents of Wicked ...Book 1 of Wicked WoodsBook 2: Shimmer - Available NowBook 3: Silver - Available NowBook 4: Silence - Fall 2011Age 14 and up. Contains language and mild kissing suitable for teens and young adults....

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  • Tink Magoo is bad at reviews
    2019-05-09 11:53

    This will be very sweary, you have been warned!Do you know what I fucking hate in books?! I'll tell you (again), it's the constant use of a person's name. Over and over as if I'm too stupid as a reader to pick up who is talking or being talked to. It drives me up the bloody wall. THERE IS NO NEED FOR IT.I only read the sample for this, which is about 10% of the full book. In that 10% (about 20 pages) the heroine's name (Briony) is used 84 times! 84 TIMES! WHY? WHY IS IT USED THAT MUCH. Can you imagine how many times it would be for the whole book?! Even for a third person book that's fucking ridiculous. What fucking bollocks.

  • Kailin
    2019-04-26 11:07

    Since I'm the author of this book, and I see other authors on Goodreads voting on their own books, I am rating this a five, of course :)

  • Kristi-The Book Faery
    2019-04-25 14:15

    First Impressions: I’ve been waiting to get my ‘eyes’ on this book since I first heard of it. My anticipation was well rewarded! The Wicked Woods is all I hoped it would be and more! It is eerie and haunting and mysterious, suspenseful with a dash of sweet romance on the side! The writing is so rich with wonderful characters and a powerful storyline. This is the Debut series of the year!My Reflections: Wicked, is a quaint tourist town set in Massachusetts. One of its main attractions the Wicked Woods, is a large area of forest so large and dense that those who’ve lived in Wicked most of their lives haven’t seen the heart of it. In fact, most seem to avoid the woods, there’s something not quite right about them—something inherently creepy and almost, well—Wicked.Sixteen year old Briony has lost her family to those woods, both her parents and her little brother Jake. She would have been with them had she not been insistent on going to cheerleading camp rather than a family vacation. Now, Briony is staying with her Aunt Sophie at the Edge Inn Bed & Breakfast which is at the very edge of the Wicked Woods; the very same woods where Briony lost her family and Aunt Sophie lost her husband, Briony’s Uncle Pete, in the same incident. Their bodies were never recovered. It has been about a month when the story starts and Briony is doing her best to control her grief and not lose hope that maybe, just maybe—her family is still out there.Briony meets new friends and enemies in the short time she has been in Wicked. Among those is Fallon, a gorgeous blue-eyed blonde who is sweet and shy and Kevin, also gorgeous but where Fallon is light and shy, Kevin is dark and nowhere near shy! After a few Wicked incidences occur, Aunt Sophie tells Briony that she is a member of The Wicked Woods Preservation Society. A society that keeps the member’s and tourist’s of Wicked safe. Safe from what you ask? Well, if I tell you it will ruin the book and I so don’t want to do that! What I will say is this: there is another population living in Wicked Woods-one that exists solely to decrease the population of Wicked proper and all that visit it. The things that go bump in the night couldn’t be truer in the town of Wicked and if you ever visit there---wear a crucifix, preferably one of silver.Summary: The Wicked Woods is mysterious, suspenseful and most of all, downright scary! After reading The Wicked Woods I found that it left me wanting more! More of the town of Wicked and more of the Wicked Woods and what hides inside its deepest recesses! But most of all, I want to read more of what happens to Briony, her friends, her family and her enemies! Kailin Gow has created the most realistic heroine-Briony has the same insecurities, fears and doubts that all young women have but the message she sends is this: be true to yourself and others, do what you know in your heart is right and rely on your inner instincts. I think that most of us can relate to Briony at a base level which makes her an instant ‘friend’ and someone we root for throughout the book. She is, after all, one of us.

  • Amber
    2019-05-12 12:05

    This was such a captivating story that anyone can enjoy. The writing is smooth and easy to follow along. This is my first read by Kailin Gow and I must say that I really enjoyed this story so much more than I imagined I would. Briony moves to Wicked Woods, MA, to live with her Great Aunt Sophie after the disappearance of her Mother, Father and Brother. Aunt Sophie ownes an Inn at the edge of the woods where she and Briony live. With an unexpected knock on the door one night, Briony is opened up to a world she never knew existed and an understanding that her Great Aunt Sophie isn't just an older lady running a small town Inn, she's so much more. Briony is adjusting to not only a new school but a secret that only a small portion of the town is aware of.Unexpectedly, Briony is running for her life and a beautiful boy appears and saves her life. Fallon is a new addition to the school and becomes close with Briony, but as they get closer, she learns he has a secret, as do most of the residents of Wicked Woods.I can't wait to dive into Wicked Woods #2; SHIMMER I love our protaganist, Briony. She has spunk but she is very relatable. The author didn't push the subject of her grieving which I found to be actually a good thing. It was more focused on the plot and didn't stray from it which kept the story flowing nicely. Our counterpart Fallon, was such an awesome character! He, despite his secret, was such a crush-worthy character and you really felt the intensity of his affection for Briony. Of course, the secondary characters were great as well. I really loved Great Aunt Sophie. She captured my heart and there was a particular conversation she has with Briony that really moved me. Ms. Gow has written a great story, but not only that, she captures real-life subjects and has her characters handle situations with maturity. It's almost like she wrote simple life lessons within those pages.Don't miss out on this spectacular story.

  • Heather
    2019-05-12 11:55

    I was really excited about this book but it was kind of a let down. Now I am not a hard person to please, at all. The story didn't really seem to flow well, there wasn't any real character development and I wasn't a real big fan of Briony. After losing her family she doesn't really come off as being a character you can sympatize with, she seemed really caught up in herself and how beautiful she is and how no one likes her. Now I know she is a teenager but there wasn't really character development for her and then she just moves on into town and in like a week she kills a vamp and then takes a werewolf down. And the fact that she kept referring to herself as a slayer got under my skin a little bit. I know she had actually killed a vamp at this point but after that she was just...well I am a big bad vamp slayer now and its not even been like 2 weeks and she isn't that trained. I don't know why that bothered me but it did. The plot was a little non-existant until the last 30 or so pages and that is when things got interesting. The typos had me going back to re-read a lot, which is annoying. I liked Fallon but they were in love within like 2 weeks and I know that is how these types of books go and I am usually ok with it but there wasn't any real situations for us to see why they were in love other than they hang out at school, we really didn't get a whole lot of one on one time with them. I like the idea of Fallon and Kevin being brothers, one a vamp and one a werewolf, they really got screwed but it could make for some interesting bit of story. Anyway, I am going to read Shimmer and hope that it is better, now that the story has some action in it.

  • Karataratakus
    2019-05-04 13:50

    The Wicked Woods Review for GoodReads......This is a book that... was written. Things happen in it. There will be spoilers in this review.COVER: It has one.OPENING: It's dark. Dark. Dark like the unending misery of life in this corrupt city, every tall and fancy building as rotten to the core as the most squalid corner of any wretched alleyway within its limits. And yet, she's beautiful. Dark and beautiful. Beautiful like—*Cough-cough* Oh. *cough* Sorry about that folks, I seem to have momentarily transformed into Frank Millar. Don't worry, the random repetition of the word 'dark' is the only Millar-esque thing about the opening. Also the only noteworthy thing about it at all.Oh yeah, and some vampires show up.THE MAIN CHARACTER: Briony is basically Ever from Evermore except without the dumb psychic powers, or the annoying dead sister ghost. She spends her time learning how to fight monsters and getting into bland love triangles.THE LOVE INTEREST: Edward—uh, I mean Fallon, is a vampire (spoilers!) who saves Briony's life and falls in love with her despite her having no personality and the fact that he wants to eat her. They say déjà vu is caused by a split-second delay in sensory information passed to your brain, but I can't help but feel there's something else at work here...THE HYPOTENUSE: Jacob—uh, I mean Kevin, is a werewolf (spoilers!) who Briony dates on the rebound. He hates Fallon because... uh... werewolves and vampires hate each other, and also they're brothers.THE ANTAGONIST: the 'Master' of the vampires is called Pietre, and he's basically Drina from Evermore only more reserved. And a man. Much cartoonish moustache-twirling ensues (well, towards the end when he actually shows up). Or it would if he had a moustache; but, you know—missed opportunities.WORLDBUILDING: Vampires and werewolves exist and like to eat people. They apparently all hang out in this one town where people are too dumb to notice everyone getting eaten by vampires and werewolves, and they wear old-timey clothes because everyone's too dumb to notice those strange people in Victorian and early 20th century dress hanging about.Well, except the secret society of monster hunters run by Briony's Aunt Sophie and a guy called George. And they make sure that the vampires and werewolves stay absolutely secret so that it's easier for them to kill people.Wait, what?PLOT: Okay, so there is sort of a plot, in that things happen in the book outside of boring conversations and wangst, but firstly it's not up to much, and secondly the writing gives it no gravitas. It's like, 'oh yeah, vampires. They're here or something.'Then it abruptly ends, seemingly mid-chapter. I know some books follow on one to the other, but there should be at least some resolution at the end! (might be a pot calling a kettle black here, I admit ¬_¬;)WRITING: Another case in which I think it deserves a mention, though not for the same reason as Delirium. No, in this case it's because, apart from the various grammatical mistakes, it's just kind of... fanficcy. I mean, Throne of Glass was a fictionpress novel, and for all its utter wretchedness it was actually better written that The Wicked Woods.Don't get me wrong though—I'd definitely recommend the latter over the former. THE HERO: Pepper is basically Stacia Millar from Evermore. Yeah, let's face it, this entire book is basically a terrible Evermore/Twilight knockoff, and since Evermore was a terrible Twilight knockoff in its own right, I feel like The Wicked Woods is a bastard product of YA paranormal romance incest. But then I have a diseased psyche, so who cares what I think?!No one. No one at all, *sob, sob*So, to sum up, a one out of five on GoodReads for just being plain old bad, and a seven out of ten on the Karataratakus scale of Things that Entertained me with their Badness, for just being plain old bad. And with a plus one bonus, for not being Throne of Glass.

  • Susan
    2019-05-14 18:08

    I love Wicked Woods! From the start, you get the sense Wicked Woods is crawling with creatures you don't want meet. Briony's parents and little brother had disappeared in the woods, so it is ironic she ends up living with her eccentric great Aunt Sophie in a bed and breakfast at the edge of the woods. The town of Wicked Woods seem so real. Briony is a heroine who is brave, sexy, smart, and even has a sense of wry humor. The boys, who happened to be brothers, will prove to have a natural rivalry that makes for great drama. Fallon and Kevin in love with Briony also makes for much potential angst in upcoming books, given what they are. So far, I'm Team Kevin!

  • Wallene
    2019-05-21 14:18

    I can't figure out why this author has won so many awards. Plainly, the people who gave those awards somehow missed reading really good fantasy. I would just like to say QUANTITY is NOT QUALITY. 80 books don't mean much if the content is just so-so. I read the first two books of this series, just to be fair. However, I still feel that this is just too "pulp fiction". Vampires, werewolves, love triangle. Please, don't you have more imagination? Not going on my favorite author list!

  • Jodie
    2019-04-24 11:00

    Best series yet! Huge props to Kailin! I have been waiting for Wicked Woods since late spring 2010. So yes, I had quite a wait! I must say it was well worth it!Briony recently lost her parents and younger brother along with her uncle. Sadly, this all happened at the same time. They all seem to have disappeared in the woods. Nobody has been able to find them. No trace. No signs. No clues. Just.....gone. Now, Briony has no choice but to live with her aunt Sophie at the inn she runs. Nervous and on edge, she has no choice but to pack up and move in with someone she feels a burden to.Late one night, a knock at the door stirs them out of sleep. Sophie manages to beat Briony to the door. It's a soft spoken couple wanting a place to stay. Briony notices how young and well dressed they are. How odd for such small town. Sophie quite rudely tells them they have no room for them and they must leave. Once gone, Sophie explains that they aren't what they seem. Not to trust them. What Briony has now learned has put her on edge. All through school the next day she can't seem to concentrate because of what she's learned. Can't believe its real. She decides she's being a little too over dramatic and letting her nerves get the best of her and needs to just relax, but when she leaves school later that's when it happens. She gets attacked by someone something when she let her guard down. Briony jumped in the car and took off, still shaken up. She was driving a little too fast, causing her to wreck. Now, Briony is surrounded by wolves. Out of nowhere, someone comes out of the woods and offers to take her to town. Fallon is his name. And quite cute too! In school the next day, Fallon is there! He says he's new! But there's something about his eyes. And what's the deal with those wolves yesterday?5 out of 5 stars. 234 pages Published by The Edge Books Purchased at

  • Amber
    2019-05-11 17:59

    Intrigue, mystery involving a missing family, creepy setting, colorful characters in an idyllic resort-like town and a paranormal plot filled with twists and turns delivered in a fun and engaging style; the Wicked Woods is now one of my favorite *spoiler* werewolf young adult series. The family relationship theme, the handling of difficult teen high school issues such as bullying and trying to fit in puts this teenage series in the must read for teens book list.

  • Naya
    2019-05-23 17:06

    Another addicting new series from Ms. Gow. Briony is the perfect mix of kick-butt teen heroine, flaws, and teen angst. The town of Wicked is vivid, and the colorful inhabitants there is at once familiar, yet new. I love the relationship between Aunt Sophie and Briony best, but the two hot brothers vying for Briony’s love spices things up, too!Naya's Girls Night Out Book Picks

  • Laura's Book Addiction
    2019-05-23 16:59

    Wicked woods is Kalin gow best book yet! I loved the plot and all the characters. Don't know if I'm team Fallon or Kevin at the moment I'm leaning to Kevin and can't wait to read the 2nd book

  • Tanya
    2019-05-22 11:56

    I seem to have a intense fascination with this author, Kailin Gow. I really enjoy her writing style. This is a YA , horror series... but tends to veer I believe toward a more adult audience. I had instance's of a laugh out loud moment. I think there is a great story here with many twists... :) This book has a feel of such books as : Twilight, Shiver, movies : Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Supernatural. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the next book in the series. Wicked Woods: Briony has lost her entire family to the Wicked Woods. They went missing .... her mother , father and younger brother. Briony makes the journey from Florida to live with her Aunt Sophie , who ironically runs a inn on the edge of Wicked Woods.Love blossoms with two young men.I don't want to spoil the fun of this book.....:) Bring your silver, crossbows, holy water and knives , because the slaying has begun !

  • Brooke Kang
    2019-04-28 14:12

    This new series from Gow is spectacular. Gow really develops Briony as a full character. After losing her parents and little brother in the most bizarre way, Briony goes to live in the very place they disappear. Wicked Woods is spooky and unexplored. Aunt Sophie, who adopts Briony, runs a bed and breakfast at the edge of the woods. Nothing is as it seems in this cozy resort town. Briony goes to a school where she can't tell who is normal and who isn't, as in paranormal. Great cast of characters including the members of the Preservation Society, Aunt Sophie, her friends in school, her arch enemy and rival Pepper. Then the two hot brothers Fallon and Kevin. Fallon is blonde and viking-like, while Kevin is dark and dangerous. Both are deadly rivals. I finished Shimmer, and it is so good. So much more danger as Briony gets deeper into the woods. This gets better and better.

  • Susan
    2019-05-17 13:48

    I love Wicked Woods! From the start, you get the sense Wicked Woods is crawling with creatures you don't want meet. Briony's parents and little brother had disappeared in the woods, so it is ironic she ends up living with her eccentric great Aunt Sophie in a bed and breakfast at the edge of the woods. The town of Wicked Woods seem so real. Briony is a heroine who is brave, sexy, smart, and even has a sense of wry humor. The boys, who happened to be brothers, will prove to have a natural rivalry that makes for great drama. Fallon and Kevin in love with Briony also makes for much potential angst in upcoming books, given what they are. So far, I'm Team Kevin!

  • J.
    2019-04-24 15:09

    I bought this ebook cause it was cheap. Oh boy. That should have been a warning. I'll be honest, I got about 20% and just stopped. I am not a glutton for torture.What bugged me at first was the writing style, it was very formal, awkward and stiff. There was one line that was '"Get the door" And Briony did so.' I mean... REALLY?! And I kept thinking as I read descriptions or lack thereof of the book was "show, not tell". How elementary is that?The story had overall promise to be good, I just couldn't get over how it was written.

  • Jessie(Ageless Pages Reviews)
    2019-04-24 16:52

  • Carina
    2019-05-19 18:03

    The first thing I noticed about Wicked Woods was the cover. The first thing my mom noticed about Wicked Woods was the typo on the back..."The woods at the edge of Aunt Sophie's inn is filled with secrets and inhabitants both seductive and deadly." Did you catch it? 'The filled with secrets...'. I'm pretty sure 'is' should be changed to 'are'. *shakes head* Wow this book irritated me so much that I was actually reduced to nitpicking about insignificant grammatical errors on the freaking cover.I've read several other of Kailin Gow's books and while none of them especially blew me away, I really enjoy the stories and the worlds that she creates. At first when I started reading her books, the many typos annoyed the hell out of me, but soon I sort of looked past them and tried to enjoy the story as best I could. Seriously though, someone needs to fire her editor or something because whoever proofreads her books does a shoddy job.The main character, Briony, whose name sounds awfully similar to Breena from Miss Gow's Frost Series, is very much a Mary Sue (as are all of her female protagonists might I add) and I never really liked her. On countless occasions, Briony is told that she is beyond pretty and she knows it too. How shallow! And isn't it a surprise that she has two boys who fall head over heels for her and the only reason Briony feels any attraction to them at all, from what I can tell, is because they are both undeniably hot? No actually, I'm not really surprised at all. Initiate hair pulling now!I even read the author's review of her own book: "So, this is where I give the Wicked Woods series a 5 because I know where this story is going, and trust me, it is not Twilight-based nor is it Buffy-based. It is something entirely different." (You can read the rest of it here if you so desire). [EDIT: I just recently noticed that she edited her review down to exclude the above quote. Not sure when that happened, but I guess that means she read my review.]And after reading that, I couldn't help but notice similarities to Buffy and Twilight, and so in a way, reading Kailin Gow's own review kind of ruined the story for me. Now, I don't mind it when authors review or rate their own books, but if your book really isn't "Twilight or Buffy-based" then your book should speak for itself. You shouldn't have to go out of your way to assure your readers what your book is or is not. The readers should be able to form their own opinions about your work.I'm not sure if I'll be continuing this particular series or not. I'm quite positive that the countless number of other books that are currently sitting in my 'to-read' shelf would be much better. Enjoy at your own risk! And also, don't make the same mistake as I did of purchasing the overpriced paperback edition. It's hardly worth the time or money.

  • Brittany
    2019-05-18 10:02

    Wow This was a really good book even though I didn't expect it to be(given that until this book cover caught my eye I was completely unaware of Kailin Gow's work) *studip me I know* but this was a very good read and I actually found most of the characters very refreshing! Especially the MC(main character). The-whole-she-was-the-queen-bee-at-her-school- thing and now she's just mellow thing was a surprise that showed how 2 demenional she is as character. And what a name! Briony. Dosen't that just rolls off of the tounge! And wow how creepy was the name of the town. Wicked Woods ,MA . Gow just knew what she was doing by picking that town, so creepy that before the story even began or before you even read any review or pieces of the story that you just knew something creepy was going to be going on here. Hmm... the two supporting friends Maisy and Steve could have kept me more entertained though and Claire and Tracey was a bit flat, Pepper who has a name like that? But those are all minor details that since those characters didn't make to much of an appearance in the story didn't really seem to bother me that much.They made you wonder but not too. Come to think of it Gow could have done more with the characters of Kevin and Fallon and when I found out that F was a vampire I thought this was going to turn into a Twilight sort of thing but just with a younger version of Bella that is a slyer which would had been a-ok in my book! Hmm what else should I mention? *thinking* O h yes I love how Gow left the ending all good cliff hangerish. And I say good cliff hanger because I have read some books that left you with bad cliff hangers that made you want to go find the author and punch them in the face. *getting mad just thinking about it*. Now since I liked this book so much and possibly can't think of anything else to rambel about then here it comes my personal rating system! *yea!* *throwing confeti right now* For the characters I'm going to give a 6 out of 10 , why? Because even though the side characters weren't that interesting Gow focused her attention on the main characters(ones that made more than maybe a sometime appearance) and I think that's what really matters. The plot a 9 out of 10, why? Because the whole MC becoming a slyer thing was cool and unexpected. the setting/scenery a 10( wow no one has received that from me before!), why? Because the description of the differnet scenes and just the name of the town alone creepied the sh*t out of me. And finally the overall experience a 9. And oh yes I will be reading what's next to come and any other Kailin Gow stuff I can get my ands on! Kailin Gow if you every read this you just made yourself another fan!http://bookworm89-bookmebaby.blogspot...

  • Tiffany Holme
    2019-05-10 10:56

    This was yet another fast and easy read for me. This doesn't come as much of a surprise to me though as Kailin Gow never seems to disappoint. Wicked is filled with things that you don't want to run into day or night. Though I didn't find it overly horrifying there was definitely a certain creep factor that lay within the pages. I mean living at the edge of the woods where your entire family disappeared holds a certain amount of creep to it. The story itself is both predictable and not. I know confusing right but there are things that you see coming but there are a few things that really did surprise me. The town was vivid and easy to see and become a part of and love. Though the people are most oblivious to what goes on around them, I guess it is a case of people see and believe what they want to. This made me want to pull my hair out a few times but I did kind of learn ignorance is bliss at times. Briony herself is a dream. She is strong, determined and is willing to do what she feels is right. She has lost her family but not her way and although to start she's a little freaked and panicked, there is still something about her that you can't help but feel drawn to. Maybe it's the fact that she has been thrown into a completely different world from what he is used to yet she still pushes on. Not only that but the fall from queen bee of the school gives her some startling revelations. At this point she became more human, more relatable. Time and time again Briony grew and developed and this is only the first book so I am excited to see how much further she will develope. The romance is going to be a love or hate thing I think for many. There is definitely the makings of a triangle. First there is Fallon he's sweet and genuinely seems to care for Briony but their relationship felt like a friendship. Well it did to start but then it seemed to hit a fast forward button and they were saying the "L" word. I was baffled but accepted what was until Fallon runs off. Then Kevin steps in and though Briony is a little more hesitant with him. The passion and tension that goes on between these two I much more desirable. Both of these guys hold secrets and both want Briony but I am routing for Kevin. I am looking forward to picking up book 2 now and getting more Wicked. Kailin Gow has created another fun read and group of characters that I want to follow. Not to mention the action that happened all in the last half and the ending that seriously left me in wanting! That is a common problem I have when it comes to Kailin, I always seem to want more. The up side is that I have Shimmer on my shelf an will soon be tearing into it!

  • Alex Bennett
    2019-05-04 10:12

    I was a bit worried to read Wicked Woods, as I was not a fan of the previous book I read by Kailin Gow. However, the book kept grabbing my attention until I finally decided to sit down and read it. Once I started, my worries subsided as I was pulled into Gow’s delicious world of Wicked, but I soon started noticing some issues that I feared would make an appearance in yet another Kailin Gow novel. Let me explain.Briony, after the death of her family, moves in with her great aunt Sophie, and soon learns that Sophie is a hunter of dark and dangerous creatures that lurk around the Wicked woods. Briony discovers that these creatures were likely the ones who killed her family, so she is more than eager to fight them. Throw in some classic high school drama, a deadly love triangle, and a life even the greatest insomniac would struggle to handle, and you get Wicked Woods.Though I found myself constantly comparing Wicked Woods to other books I have read, I did find it to be an exciting and enjoyable novel. There were some plot points I found unnecessary, but overall I found it to be the promising series that teens will love to sink their teeth into.Kailin Gow’s writing has always been my biggest issue with her books. I find her sentence structure very strange, and I have noticed that her sentences seem to be long and far from tight. There were also many spelling and grammar issues throughout the book, but I tried my best to ignore them so I could better enjoy the story. I think overall that Gow’s books could be much better if there was more editing done on them.Briony was a strong main character that certainly handled things a lot stronger than I would be able to. Her life is so hectic, but she doesn’t let that weigh her down. I found Briony to be a little less dimensional than I would want her to be, but hopefully she grows throughout the series. The supporting characters fit their roles perfectly, and some even went beyond that to be relatable and enjoyable characters. The dialog between the cast of characters was a bit strange and unbelievable for me, but again I tried to over look that.Wicked Woods is a dark and dangerous tale that many fans of young adult urban fantasy are sure to enjoy. It is not without its share of faults, but I am excited to see where the story goes throughout the next installments of the series.

  • Amy (Books, College, and Other Random Things)
    2019-05-13 11:51

    Briony’s parents, brother, Jake, and Uncle Peter, have all gone missing. Her Aunt Sophie becomes her legal guardian, and Briony will now be living with her at the inn her aunt runs in Wicked Woods, the same town her family went missing.The first night at the inn, there is an odd couple that shows up and just so happens to be vampires. Her aunt didn’t want her to find out this way. She wanted Briony to be able to live as normal as possible especially after the ordeal the both of them have faced.Briony learns her Sophie is a part of the Preservation Society, a group of people that hunt the paranormal. After another paranormal attack, she meets and is rescued by Fallon. She thinks he acts strange about their situation, but he is gone before she can really grill him about it.The next time she’s at school Fallon is there. The more she talks to him the more she finds herself liking him. The dangers and threats of Wicked Woods continue to grow. I really liked this story. There is a love triangle that develops near the end of the book. I’m not sure who I’m rooting for more. I really liked how Fallon treated Briony, and Kevin, the other love interest, protected her from an attack as well. I felt horrible for Briony. It’s bad enough dealing with the loss of your family, but also having to fight for you own life. I definitely thought at times her aunt only wanted her there to take her place in the Preservation Society, but I think most people would act distant after fighting paranormal creatures for so long. I’m not sure what I thought about Aunt Sophie. At first, she seemed distant and kind of kooky. There was definitely a lot action and a mysteriousness surrounding Wicked Woods. I know Wicked Woods is not a place I would ever want to visit.

  • Dana
    2019-04-26 15:12

    Okay, I'm a fan of Kailin Gow, I preference this review with that statement because I want you to know I enjoy her Bitter Frost series. I actually enjoyed this book. However, the impending "but"...I found the writing to be somewhat juvenile; the story line though a basic vampire falls for human in this case (slayer) human falls for vampire but also has feelings for another who just happens to be...well *spoiler alert* werewolf...Can't say we haven't heard this story before although the twist is the loss of family and friends and weird acceptance by the townsfolk that weird stuff can just go on is beyond me.Briony seems at times flighty, and courageous although that might not be the best description. She falls for the cute boy Fallon (vampire) discovers what he is and goes out with him any way...Then there is Kevin the hot guy who comes into her workplace the Diner all everyday and saves her life...(see spoiler) and then it kind of comes apart from there..(there is a twist here you'll have to watch for it; it is actually what makes this story a wee bit different)The vamps are out to get her but the motive isn't clear till the end. The vamps are out to get Fallon too because he spared her oh yeah and they really don't like werewolves...Any way I'm reading the sequel because of the abrupt ending and I'm such a sucker I'll probably read the rest in the series because I can't help myself. But if you are looking for a good solid story that will draw you in and keep you like some of the recent books I've reviewed this isn't going to be it.Again I end with I enjoy Kailin Gow and will read more of her works just wish this one had been one of the better ones.

  • Mary
    2019-05-17 10:49

    Here is a twilight variation in which Bella is a monster-hunter and has some self-esteem, Edward isn't so old and both lost their families. The world is one in which vampires and werewolves exist, and they eat people (and animals). I seriously gave it one star because there isn't a chance to put half a star. **spoiler alert!!**I mean... REALLY??-A town near Salem named WICKED ('cause it was the most obvious name?)-A girl who is orphan but alas, extrmely good looking and supposed-to-be popular and discovers she is meant to be a vampire hunter. -Meets the vampire Edward *cough cough* - sorry, Fallcon, who dumps her after trying to eat her-And then in like the day or two she was torn and broken, kisses this werewolf/brother/rebound-guy *cough*Jacob*cough*- Kevin which she didn't know he was such... (who eats RAW hamburgers and rescues her from other werewolves?can you be more obvious?)- Vampire/werewolf fight...because um...vampires and werewolves hate each other. Yeah. -And master vamp appears to kill them both BUT she cant decide which she'll have so she turns herslef in...PLUS-This aunt who is vampire/werewolf slayer-Homecoming dance-Silver crosses, stakes and holy water... yeah, you were going to be accused of Twilight Plagiarism if not...-A 16 yr old training to kill monsters-Plus! everyone seems to be blonde except a few brown haired haha Don't read this book. It's a waste of time and your brain will be crying of the amount of twilightness/stupidity at the end of it.

  • Lacey
    2019-05-12 10:55

    Wicked woods takes place in Wicked MA, where Briony is sent to her Aunt's Inn due to the disappearnce of her parents and brother. She soon finds that the Town of Wicked is full of mysterious things and after being saved by a mysterious boy named Fallon she soon discovers that the town of "Wicked" might just be that 'wicked'. She makes new friends at her new school and soon grows closer to Fallon and right when she thinks life is finally getting back in order Fallon reveals to her something about himself that might just tear her world apart. This first installment in the "Wicked Woods" series is packed full of action, suspence and a little bit of romance. There's one thing for sure, once you enter the world of Wicked Woods, there's no turning back.I loved the development of the characters, seeing them introduced and grow a little in the book was very good. I loved Fallon, his name alone is quite mysterious and interesting, I mean wouldn't you after hearing a name at that. swoon? And Kevin the one who shows up at the resteraunt where Briony works is mysterious himself. There's one thing for sure, I love Gow's writing and sense of beauty she puts into her work. I give this book 4 and a half stars and I can't wait to read "Shimmer" the second installment in the "Wicked Woods" Series.

  • Catalina Sennett
    2019-05-01 13:52

    Wicked Woods follows Briony who moves to her aunts place in Wicked Woods Massachusetts, because her family dissapeared in the Wicked Woods. She discovers secrets about the town and the woods surrounding it, and meets a handsome boy named Fallon. I liked the first paragraph a lot. All that darkness placed into it!! Very dark. The vampire hunter thing was cool. I did not think this was going to be a vamp book. I promised myself not to read any this year, and this one snuck up on me. oh well. I still enjoyed it. It seems like vamps and wered are always put together. Gosh I wanna read a book with vamps and zombies together! Oh also I totally guessed about Fallon and Kevin right away...

  • Hannah Lyn
    2019-05-11 17:51

    This book moved so quickly and the characters were so shallow it was laughable. Unfortunately, you never really knew any of the characters or fully understood what was going on in their minds. It was just like basic, on the surface thoughts. It was boring and the heroine's name was written so many times I thought I'd go crazy. The plot was very good just wasn't fully explored in the book. I never felt like I was there. It was almost like I was reading a police report. Just the basic details of what happened. I've read other books by Kailin Gow and was very disappointed because I know she can do better than this.

  • Sandra Pulliam
    2019-05-21 11:52

    Well I have to say I liked this book. I did not love it but is was an easy quick read that had me wanting more. That being said I think I'm over the vampire werewolf thing. This was nothing like Twilight but fact that the main character falls for both vamp and wolf I think is tired and used up. I really like how she is suppose to hunt these things and finds herself torn because they used to be human and had no choice in their change. I just think the story needed a little more character building and depth. I would recommend this to YA Paranormal Romance lovers because it is cute and an easy read.

  • Dominus~
    2019-05-03 13:05

    I thought this was more like a zombie apocalypse but nope it isn't. But I still pushed through. The first parts are interesting and I knew Fallon was a vamp then and there. I don't like the way they fell into each other like it's too sudden. Like they just suddenly decided that they love each other when actions doesn't really see it. When Kevin came, with saving from a wolf, I thought he definitely must be a werewolf. It's too overrated. But if I have to choose between Fallon and Kevin, I'd definitely choose Kevin because I don't know if Briony really trust Fallon since he mindfucked Briony for the first time to trust him. The way things go, it seems kinda unrealistic and overrated.

  • Rebecca Rakes
    2019-04-25 12:04

    The book doesn't give much build up to things. The main character meets a boy while he saves her life. He shows up at school. They have a total of two quick conversations that hold no tension or real personality and she is declaring her love the next page. But don't forget the not really mysterious - mysterious OTHER boy that saved her life that she has only had two bland conversations with that she may love too. :/ the only difference in the boys is one is blond and one has dark hair. And it ends in the middle of the action. It feels disjointed, like someone ripped out the last couple of pages of the book. It has no real stopping point. Not even a good cliff hanger one.